LIVE BLOG: Peaceful protests in Downtown Norfolk, Franklin Tuesday


HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — Residents in Hampton Roads are getting ready for another day of protests and demonstrations across the area.

Groups are protesting across America following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.

Here is the timeline of events Tuesday:

12 a.m. Wednesday: Hampton Police say some people looted and vandalized some businesses at Peninsula Town Center Tuesday night.

10:45 p.m.: A livestream on Facebook showed protesters gathered near Mercury Boulevard in Hampton around 10:30 p.m.

VDOT Hampton Roads said all lanes were blocked on Interstate 64 eastbound and westbound, but didn’t specify whether they were closed due to protests.

The lanes had all reopened by 11:30 p.m.

10:30 p.m.: Elizabeth City Police say residents held a peaceful protest Tuesday evening.

“We also want to thank our local, state and federal partners that joined us and assisted as we began a dialogue for real change. The collaborative efforts of everyone involved, showed that we are striving to be the change we want to see in the world,” police said.

10 p.m.: Franklin Police say protesters gathered peacefully Tuesday night and marched down Armory Drive.

Local elected officials, sheriff, police chief and city leaders attended, as well as local clergy, to have a group discussion about coming together as a community.

“After the march they met again and prayed and concluded the peaceful protest. We again would like to thank our wonderful citizens of Franklin who participated,” police wrote in a news release.

(Photo courtesy: Franklin Police)

9:30 p.m.: Protesters marched along Virginia Beach Boulevard and other Norfolk streets around Downtown Norfolk chanting “no justice, no peace,” “black lives matter” and more.

Some wore Black Lives Matter 757 T-shirts.

The protest ended at the Confederate Monument.

BELOW: Protesters gather and march through Downtown Norfolk

9 p.m.: All lanes were blocked on I-264 west at Brambleton Avenue in Norfolk for at least 20 minutes.

Virginia State Police dispatchers confirmed it was closed due to protesters on foot.

VDOT Hampton Roads tweeted at 9 p.m. saying all westbound lanes had reopened.

An eastbound screenshot oof I-264 in Norfolk at Brambleton Avenue

6 p.m.: The Virginia Beach Interdenominational Ministers Conference held a rally around 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach.

More than 100 people walked to the top of Mt. Trahsmore to “”lift up our voices and be silent no more … black lives not only matter … they are equal.”

There were several elected leaders present, including Congresswoman Elaine Luria, Former Gov. Bob McDonnell, and City Councilman Aaron Rouse. Former VBPD Chief Jim Cervera, current interim police Chief Tony Zucaro, Former NFL star and developer Bruce Smith, Commissioner of the Revenue Phil Kellam and others were also present.

2:52 p.m.: Suffolk Police warn businesses and establishments in the city that a demonstration is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Cultural Arts Center.

9:43 a.m.: Dozens of Portsmouth residents signed up for the Rise Up Now Portsmouth peaceful protest and park cleanup. The event, scheduled between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Portsmouth City Park, is meant to be “a sign of solidarity in memory of George Floyd” to show Hampton Roads and the rest of the country positivity amid the social unrest.

“I’m sure if we could organize a movement that does something positive for the community and maybe even has the police involved we could make some change,” the event poster said.

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We are working to learn more and will update This story as details become available.

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